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If you've been reading my articles for long you know that I don't use a lot of supplements or extras.  I strive to get what my body needs from real whole foods.  Amazing as it may seem, I might be changing my tune a bit.

The one problem with my approach to health is that people who have major health problems often don't have bodies that are functioning well enough to actually use the nutrition that is available through eating natural whole foods.  While eating whole natural foods can and will help in most cases over time, many people need more help and relief in the short term so that their bodies can actually use the good nutrition that they are starting to consume.

I have previously recommended a few products that can help the body to recover and rebuild, but I've been increasingly aware of people who need more potent therapeutic help to get their body systems back on track and into balance.

I'm glad to report that I have found what I consider to be a very very good way to get this needed therapy in a do it yourself type of system that can help just about everyone.

I've discovered the best essential oils, and how they can make a wonderful difference in health care for me and my family.

Essential oils are the essence of plants.  In other words essential oils are distilled from plants.  The oils might be collected from the leaves, the flowers, the fruit, the skin, or even the roots.  Making essential oils is a combination of art and science.  The best herbalists have learned the best times to extract and the best methods to use for extraction so that the resulting oils will have the best health effects in the body.

Now some of you may be saying, "But, Coach G., you don't like most drugs and supplements because they are distilled from plants and concentrated.  Isn't that the same thing with Essential Oils?"

The answer is no, it isn't the same thing at all.

Most drugs and supplements are concentrated extracts, or merely one specific chemical extracted and concentrated from a plant.  The result is a product that is very out of balance and causes loss of balance in body systems.  This is why all drugs have negative side-effects.  Most supplements actually have the same problem.

Essential Oils on the other hand are extracts of the whole essence of a plant.  They maintain the complex chemistry of the beneficial herbs they are made from.  Thus you still have the needed polyphenols and substances that allow the natural plant to help maintain balance in the body.  And yet because essential oils are very concentrated they can be used with therapeutic results.  Essential Oils can be powerful catalyst for healthy change in the body (without side effects).

As I studied essential oils I came to find that there are many brands and versions of oils on the market, and that their effectiveness can vary wildly.  If you buy cheap essential oils you are getting cheap essential oils.  They may still work to some extent because essential oils are such a powerful therapy, but many contain fillers and/or impurities that can cause other problems.

I found that doTERRA Essential Oils are by far the best.  They are of the highest quality and purity, because each batch is tested by independent labs for quality and purity.

You can even smell the difference in quality between doTERRA oils and one of the lesser competing oils.

So here is my suggestion, if you have a health issue that you are dealing with that simple lifestyle changes don't seem to get you to the level of health you would like to be at.  Go to this website: www.everythingessential.me and use the search box to look up the particular problem that you are having.  Skip the "ads by google" search results at the top and go to the Everything Essential search results.

Once you have found the page for your particular concern look at all the tabs on that page to get as complete an idea as possible for the possible solution to your problem.

Next, go to www.mydoterra.com/garnerhealthyliving and you can find and order the particular doTERRA products that you need.

This can make a huge difference in you and your family members health.  Try it!  you will probably love it!

In the mean time, continue to...

Eat good whole natural foods, drink plenty of water, exercise 5 or 6 days a week, use real salt to get trace minerals in balance, and get good sleep.

Have a great day!

Coach G.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 02 November 2013 20:31
 

Green Coffee Bean Extract: Miracle or Monster?

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You may have seen recently Dr. Oz and others hyping green coffee bean extract (GCBE) for weight loss.

Does it really work?

Is it safe?

If you listen closely to the presentations on GCBE you hear that it contributes to feeling fuller sooner and also gives a feeling of more energy.

It is supposed to work by bring the blood sugar levels down.  But actual testing shows that it has basically no effect on blood sugar levels.

Also note that you are supposed to take this extract about a half hour before meals with a large glass of water.   If you try this without the pill (GCBE) you will get the same basic effect.  In other words the water is what is most likely giving the results.

If you want to lose weight try it.  Drink anywhere from a pint to a quart of water 20 to 30 minutes before every meal.  You mightl be amazed with the results.

But, you ask, aren't there nutrients in the GCBE that can help?

Well yes there are, but also remember that health is all about balance.  So you can't look at one or two nutrients in a substance and tell if it is health giving or health robbing.  So let's look a little farther.  What are the actual results of ingesting GCBE?

One of the well know ones is that after taking GCBE your homocysteine levels go up.  So what effect might that have?

Well higher homocysteine levels are strongly associated with cardiovascular disease.  Homocysteine damages the insides of your arteries, causing inflammation.  That's not good. It leads to an increase in blood clotting and heart disease.

Increases in homocysteine are also connected to the higher incidence of Alzheimer's Disease, and bone fractures.

Is that risk worthy the purported, but questionable, benefit?

Let's look a little deeper into that purported benefit.  The claim is that Chlorogenic acid in the GCBE helps the body to lose weight.  The actual results on chlorogenic acid, as far as weight loss is concerned, are somewhat questionable.

But lets go a head and give them the benefit of the doubt that chlorogenic acid aids in weight loss.  If that is true where could you go to get chlorogenic acid?  Well, it is found in abundance in potatoes, peaches, and plums.

Guess what, potatoes, peaches, and plums do not cause heart disease, Alzheimer's Disease, excessive blood clotting, or excessive bone fractures.

Real food is always a better idea than some pill with questionable purity, questionable molecular structures, and proven negative side effects.

It is very sad that people continue to push coffee, and green or black tea, as healthy products, while ignoring all the proven negative side effects.

It might also be worthy of note that chlorogenic acid if taken in concentrated doses, like in a green coffee bean extract, can increase the chances of developing respiratory related allergies.

Eat good whole natural foods, drink plenty of water, exercise 5 or 6 days a week, and get good sleep to control body weight.

Have a great day!

Coach G.

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 13:37
 

Diet, lifestyle and long-term weight gain

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Here is a report about a study that shows once again that it is the quality of food that really makes the difference.

The researchers in their conclusions continue to try to explain the results in terms of calories in and out even though the actual research is calorie independent.

The "calories in versus calories out" idea is so ingrained people accept it and live by it even when seeing evidence to the contrary.

Why can't people see that it's really about quality and not quantity?

When you eat good food and drink plenty of water and exercise regularly your body has the ability to use what it wants and needs and dump what it doesn't want.

Everyone seems to forget about bowel movements.  High quality natural foods help the body to have healthy bowel movements that move the junk out of the body.  That is why foods and lifestyles that help digestion to occur in healthy ways help people lose excess weight.  Foods and lifestyles that interfere with digestion tend to cause the body to gain weight and become unhealthy.

Notice in this report that the most significant thing is exercise.  Exercise allows the body to have the movement and tone to help the body to function properly.

The worst thing was eating potato chips (crisps).  This is due mostly to the negatives of cooking with vegetable oils.

The thing that I would have liked to see done differently in this study would have been to break things down a little more.  All potatoes were treated the same no matter what form they were consumed in (other than potato chips).  And yet potatoes can be quite different health-wise depending on how they are prepared.  Unfortunately many Americans tend to eat their potatoes as chips of french fries, so you get all the negatives of frying in vegetable oils.  On the other hand people who boil and mash potatoes have been known to lose weight.

 

So here is the report:

 

“A simple way for people to stay slim without counting the calories has been discovered,” the Daily Express reported. It said that research suggested that instead of worrying about the amount of food we eat, we should concentrate on its quality. It continued that eating more ‘natural’ foods like fruit, vegetables and nuts is the best way to stay a healthy weight.

The story comes from a large study in nearly 121,000 people in the US that investigated dietary and lifestyle factors in relation to long-term weight gain.

Weight gain was found to be associated with eating crisps, potatoes, sugary drinks and processed meats but was less likely if people ate more vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and yoghurt, with these foods associated with less weight gain when more was consumed.

This large study supports current advice to eat healthier foods such as fruit and vegetables and less fatty, sugary foods, to achieve a healthy weight in the long term. It also supports the idea that for most people trying to achieve a healthy weight, it is better to eat a healthy balanced diet rather than fixating on calorie counting.

However, it does have some limitations and does not show that specific foods such as nuts will actually make you lose weight, regardless of calories consumed, as the study did not measure calories.

 

Where did the story come from?

The study was carried out by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard medical school and the Harvard School of Public Health, all in Boston. It was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Searle Scholars Program. The study was published in the peer-reviewed New England Journal of Medicine.

Most papers concentrated on the finding that it is the quality of food rather than calorie counting that can help people lose weight. The Express headline that doing this is the ‘easy way to lose weight’ and that the finding will help people ‘keen to shed excess pounds for the beach this summer’ was perhaps over-optimistic, as the paper looked at quite small weight changes over a period of many years. The Express included comments from independent experts. The Telegraph’s advice in its headline to consume ‘extra helpings’ of yoghurt and nuts could also be misleading.

 

What kind of research was this?

This research looked at the relationships between changes in lifestyle, diet and long-term weight changes. The study was based on three separate prospective cohort studies that included 120,877 men and women in the US.

The researchers point out that advice to ‘eat less and exercise more’ would seem to be straightforward but that weight gain often occurs gradually over decades – on average about half a kilogram (1lb) a year is gained, making it difficult for most people to distinguish the specific causes.

While many studies have evaluated different lifestyle behaviours separately and often at one point in time, their aim was to investigate the relationship between multiple lifestyle changes and long-term weight gain in studies that had followed people up over time (prospectively).

 

What did the research involve?

The researchers based their study on three large cohorts of American men and women whose health and lifestyles have been followed over many years, with the first cohort enrolled in 1976. All participants in these cohorts have been followed with two yearly, validated questionnaires focusing on their medical history, lifestyles, health practices and weight changes.

For the purposes of this study, researchers excluded anyone who was obese or who had a chronic disease, or for whom there was incomplete data. This left a total of 120,877 people. In two of the cohorts, participants were followed from a 1986 baseline to 2006 and in the third, they were followed from 1991 to 2003.

Researchers investigated the association between weight change and lifestyle habits (physical activity, TV watching, alcohol use, sleep duration, diet and cigarette smoking). On diet, they assessed people’s intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, refined grains, potatoes (boiled, mashed or fried), crisps (potato chips), whole fat dairy products, sugar-sweetened drinks, sweets and desserts, processed meats, unprocessed red meats, fried food and transfats. They also evaluated nuts, pure fruit juice, diet sodas, other types of dairy products and different types of alcoholic drinks.

Validated statistical methods were used to assess the independent association between changes in these lifestyle behaviours and changes in weight, within four-year periods. The findings were adjusted for other factors that might affect weight such as age and body mass index at the start of the study.  As the results for each cohort and for men and women were similar, the researchers pooled these results.

 

What were the basic results?

Researchers found that within each four-year period, participants gained an average of 1.5kg (3.35lb) (between five and 95% of the participants lost between 4.1 and 12.4).

Average weight gain for each four year period was most strongly associated with eating crisps (800gm or 1.69lb gained), potatoes (600gm or 1.28lb gained), sugar-sweetened beverages (450gm or 1.00lb gained), unprocessed red meats (430gm 0.95lb gained ), and processed meats (400gm or 0.93 lb gained).

Average weight gain over the same periods was inversely associated with the intake of vegetables (100gm or 0.22lb lost), whole grains (170gm or 0.37 lb lost), fruits (200gm or 0.49lb lost), nuts (259gm or 0.57lb lost), and yoghurt (370gm or 0.82lb lost).

Other lifestyle factors were also independently associated with weight change. These included physical activity (800gm or 1.76lb lost); alcohol use (200gm or 0.41lb gained for each daily drink), smoking (new quitters, 2.4kg or 5.17lb gained; former smokers, 60gm or 0.14 b gained), sleep (more weight gain with less than six hours or more than eight hours of sleep), and TV watching (140gm or 0.31lb gained for each hour a day).

 

How did the researchers interpret the results?

The researchers say they found many lifestyle factors were associated with long-term weight gain, including the consumption of specific foods and beverages. They point out that for many non-obese healthy people, long-term weight gain is gradual and accumulates over time, but that even modest increases in weight have implications for health. Although weight changes associated with any single lifestyle factors were modest, taken together, dietary factors and other lifestyle changes account for large differences in weight gain.

They point out that eating processed and refined foods and sugars can increase weight gain, but that when greater consumption of all different foods was taken into account, vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains were associated with less weight gain. They say that these foods obviously still provide calories and ‘cannot violate thermodynamic laws’, suggesting that consuming more of these foods reduces the intake of more calorific foods and that high fibre content and slower digestion keep people fuller for longer. Yoghurt was also associated with less weight gain, a finding they suggest may be due to changes in colonic bacteria.

 

Conclusion

There are several points of caution relevant to the newspaper reports:

  • The calorie content of foods was not measured in this study, but estimated from average portion sizes and the results of the dietary questionnaire. The researchers acknowledge this is not an accurate way of estimating total energy intake. Furthermore, they say that all these relationships between different foods and long-term weight gain must be influenced by changes in energy intake, energy expenditure or both. By this they mean that although food types are linked to weight gain or loss in their study the underlying mechanism for weight loss will be a reduction in energy ‘in’ or an increase in energy ‘out’. Directly countering the claim that losing weight is simply a case of eating more nuts.
  • There were major changes in the population energy intake over the time of these studies. Between 1971 and 2004, the average dietary intake of calories in the US increased by 22% among women and by 10% among men who ate more refined carbohydrates, starches and sugar-sweetened beverages. This degree of change might not apply to the UK.
  • The study looked at long-term weight changes in people in the US who were not obese. Its findings are not necessarily applicable to people in the UK who are obese and who may need specialist nutritional help to lose weight.

This was a large, well-designed study, conducted over a lengthy period, so its findings on diet, lifestyle and weight gain are likely to be reliable. For most people, gradual weight gain, caused by a small but habitual energy imbalance, occurs over many years, so the researchers’ suggestion that modest changes in lifestyle could mitigate or reverse this is of value. It also supports current advice to eat a healthy diet, based on whole grains and a variety of fruit and vegetables.

As the authors make clear, simply adding specific components, such as nuts or yoghurt, to the diet without removing others will not achieve weight loss.

Analysis by Bazian

 

 

Links To The Headlines

Want to lose weight? Then eat extra helpings of yoghurt and nuts. The Daily Telegraph, June 23 2011

Dieters told: Quality of food, not quantity, is what counts. Daily Mail, June 23 2011

The easy way to lose weight. Daily Express, June 23 2011

 

 

Links To Science

Mozaffarian D, Hao T, Rimm EB, et al. Changes in Diet and Lifestyle and Long-Term Weight Gain in Women and Men. New England Journal of Medicine 2011; 364: 2392-2404

 

 

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Recommended Products:

Boost Health Naturally

There is a tonic that balances all the major systems of the body.  It was formulated using only tonic (meaning balancing) herbs.  It was formulated without the use of alcohol or other substances that can destroy the tonicity of the herbs.  Most herbal concoctions are created using alcohol or other chemicals that destroy the balancing abilities of the herbs.  To learn more about this wonderful herbal tonic click here.

 

Learn all about pregnenolone the natural hormone balancer : Click Here!


Straight Forward Weight Loss : Learn now - The Diet Solution Program Click Here!

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 17 January 2013 21:50
 
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